12th March 2020:

Staff from OA North were on hand to talk about the latest discoveries from the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool bypass at two public exhibitions about the scheme organised by Highways England last week

Fraser Brown, who is managing the archaeological investigation, gave a presentation to a specially invited audience, spoke about the archaeology to local MP Cat Smith, gave TV and radio interviews, and, with other staff members, chatted to local residents, who had come to the view the plans for the road improvements.

There was a display of finds and images from the scheme, and a microscope linked to a camera and laptop was set up so that visitors could view some of the remarkable palaeoenvironmental remains that had been preserved in peat and marine clays. The remains span the Mesolithic period to the Bronze Age and include hazelnuts, twigs and elm leaves.

Over 650 people came to the exhibition over the two days, with the archaeology generating a lot of interest.

Interest in the archaeological work did not stop there, however. Straight after his appearance at the exhibition, Fraser attended the Lancaster Archaeology Forum, where he gave another talk about the project.